It was August 2019, still a couple of months before David Ross would be introduced as the 55th manager of the Chicago Cubs. It also was the day before the Alabama Crimson Tide football team would begin practice.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban had asked Ross to speak with his team about the one thing Ross knew more about than anything — being a good teammate, hence the title of Ross’ book: “Teammate.” And Ross wasn’t going to pass up his own opportunity to learn from one of the best in any leadership role. Ross knew he wanted to be a manager someday, and who better to pick the brain of than one of the best college coaches of all time.
“I got about 30 minutes in his office, alone,” Ross said recently of Saban. “Just talking about sustained success. That constant drive.
“He never takes for granted the success he’s had. He’s always looking forward. What’s new? What’s to come? Where are their faults? Where can they improve, rather than focusing on the success they’ve had? That stood out to me.”
It might have stood out because it applies to the team Ross would take over later in 2019. It wasn’t long ago that the idea of sustained success was a foreign concept on the North Side of…